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Pothole proof roads with a 10 year warranty

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Surrey County Council is to build pothole proof roads that are designed to last a decade before repairs are needed.

A 10 year warranty means if there was a problem with a road, the cost of repairing it would fall to the contractor that built the road and not the council.

Since the start of the year, the local authority has been making road repairs at a rate of one every five minutes to fix winter damage.

In a bid to tackle the root cause of potholes, the council is embarking on a £100 million project to tear up 300 miles of Surrey’s worst roads and rebuild many of them from scratch. Improvements in road building and new watertight surface treatments such as Superflex mean many of the new roads will come with a 10 year guarantee from the contractor.

Jason Russell, Assistant Director for Highways, said: “A Herculean effort is going into fixing road damage caused by the bitterly cold winter with repairs being made at a rate of almost one every five minutes, but we can’t go on papering over the cracks with quick fixes to tired old roads forever.

“Our main problem is that some of our roads are crumbling at the base, making them very susceptible to damage. This is why we’re planning a £100 million project to rip out our worst roads and rebuild many of them from scratch, making these roads resistant to potholes for a decade.

“Over the next five years we’ll be replacing about 300 miles of Surrey’s roads, focusing on those in the worst condition.”

The full list of roads to be replaced will be announced in June.

In the first three months of 2013, the council made 23,279 road repairs, many of which were caused by freezing winter temperatures, ice, rain and snow. This equates to almost 259 fixes per day, or almost one every five minutes.

During the last financial year (April 2012 to March 2013), the council patched and repaired almost 53,000 square metres of road, which is enough to cover almost seven and a half Wembley football pitches.

In a bid to detect damage to roads earlier, the council has increased inspections by up to 200% which makes it quicker and easier to plan resurfacing and repair work.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259 or at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk.

 

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